2021 Super Rugby Round 13 Preview

SUPER RUGBY TRANS TASMAN ROUND 1

The domestic editions of Super Rugby are in the books and it is now time for the Trans-Tasman tournament to get underway.

Less than a week after their thrilling triumph over the Brumbies at Suncorp Stadium, the Reds head to Dunedin to kick off the new season.

Our Super Rugby betting markets suggest that the all too familiar feeling of falling short against Kiwi opponents will resume this weekend after a 14 month hiatus.

All five New Zealand sides are favoured but are we backing them?

Find out in our Super Rugby Trans-Tasman tips and preview below.

Highlanders Vs Reds

Friday 14 May, 5:05pm, Forsyth Barr Stadium

Highlanders 40 – Reds 19

This fixture boils down to how prepared the Reds are come kickoff.

Nobody would begrudge them the ability to celebrate their Super Rugby AU Grand Final win, however the six-day turnaround is not going to help them here.

Brad Thorn has already said that some rotation will need to take place and the absence of Hunter Paisami is perhaps the biggest hole that will need to be filled.

Working in their favour however is the fact that the Highlanders hardly set the world alight in Super Rugby Aotearoa this year, winning just three of their eight matches and ending their season with a 41-22 defeat at the hands of the last placed Hurricanes.

Quite a lot has changed since the Reds last visited the Forsyth Barr Stadium in February 2019, and the confidence gained by winning their local competition will give them hope of springing an upset.

While taking the Reds outright is tempting, especially if James O’Connor can continue his mature, measured approach to controlling the game, I’ll settle for the insurance of the Reds at the line.

Back the Reds to Cover +9.5 @ $1.91

Waratahs Vs Hurricanes

Friday 14 May, 7:45pm, Sydney Cricket Ground

Waratahs 48 – Hurricanes 64

The wooden spooners from their respective Super Rugby competitions will begin the season against one another, however there is only one outcome worth backing here.

While the Hurricanes still fought right to the bitter end in Super Rugby Aotearoa, the Waratahs were atrocious and lost all eight of their matches by an average margin of 19.25 points.

Even with this match being played in Sydney, I’m not giving the Waratahs much hope of being in this match beyond the fifth minute.

A poor start to 2021 could become even worse if the Hurricanes come to play, we know they can score points when given the opportunity and the Waratahs will need to start praying for some sort of divine intervention.

Back the Hurricanes to Cover -24.5 @ $1.91

Crusaders Vs Brumbies

Saturday 15 May, 5:00pm, Orangetheory Stadium

Crusaders 31 – Brumbies 29

It’s all going against the Brumbies at the moment.

Seven days after a gut wrenching, draining loss in the Super Rugby AU Grand Final, an injury depleted squad heads over to New Zealand to take on the ruthless champions of that nation.

At full strength, this would undoubtedly be the blockbuster clash of the round however it just seems like the Brumbies quite literally will not have the horses to keep up with the Crusaders.

It was not all smooth sailing in the Super Rugby Aotearoa Grand Final but the Christchurch based side still came away with a 10 point victory there.

When you add in the fact the Brumbies have not defeated the Crusaders since 2009, I can’t back anything other than the hosts to cover here.

Back the Crusaders to Cover -18.5 @ $1.91

Rebels Vs Blues

Saturday 15 May, 7:50pm, AAMI Park

Rebels 3 – Blues 50

While the Rebels have not been overly convincing over the last few months, the line in this game looks far too high considering the Blues struggles as well.

With new boss Kevin Foote at the helm, he will ideally be in a position to fire a rocket shot at his side and get them motivated for this tournament.

As for the Blues they stumbled badly on their run home, blowing a prime opportunity to qualify for and host the Aotearoa Grand Final.

I’m not expecting a whole lot of points in this one which should allow the Rebels to at least stay in the vicinity of the visitors here.

Back the Rebels to Cover +17.5 @ $1.91

Western Force Vs Chiefs

Saturday 15 May, 9:55pm, HBF Park

Western Force 19 – Chiefs 20

It was a disappointing end to Super Rugby Aotearoa for the Chiefs as they fell short in the Grand Final, however their overall campaign was quite impressive.

After going over a year without a win, they then rattled off five straight to make the decider before doing what most teams in Christchurch do, lose to the Crusaders.

This has the makings of a very tough spot for them with a long haul flight to Perth on the cards and a Force side full of confidence.

It was an impressive Super Rugby AU season that saw them reach the Semi Final against the Brumbies, going down by 12 points in the end.

Much like the previous match, I’m expecting a tense tussle that could be won by the first team to reach 20.

Back the Force to Cover +17.5 @ $1.91


2020

*MATCHES CANCELLED*

Crusaders Vs Jaguares

Friday 24 April, 5:05pm, Orangetheory Stadium

Rebels Vs Blues

Friday 24 April, 7:15pm, AAMI Park

Chiefs Vs Stormers

Saturday 25 April, 5:05pm, Navigation Homes Stadium

Sharks Vs Brumbies

Saturday 25 April, 11:05pm, Jonsson Kings Park

Bulls Vs Sunwolves

Sunday 26 April, 1:15am, Loftus Versfeld

Reds Vs Highlanders

Sunday 26 April, 4:05pm, Suncorp Stadium


2019

Unpredictability is possibly the best thing for Super Rugby in this World Cup year.

Quite literally any outcome is on the table in every game as most sides find themselves very evenly matched up with one another.

Friday was the perfect example of that as the Sharks held the Crusaders to a draw before an ill-disciplined Sunwolves side very nearly upset the Reds at Suncorp.

We have tried to make sense of it all with our Super Rugby picks and preview for this weekend’s games.

Blues Vs Hurricanes

Friday 10 May, 5:35pm, Eden Park

Blues 12 – Hurricanes 22

Four wins in a row for the Hurricanes has them clear in second spot behind the Crusaders and they can close the gap at least temporarily here.

The Blues four wins this season have all come at home so you could very easily talk yourself into backing them for an upset here.

Nothing this season is 100% certain with most of these teams but the Hurricanes are one of the few sides that can at least grind out a win most weeks.

I’m not confident in the Hurricanes blowing out the Blues here so I’ll back them to win and the Blues to possibly get a bonus point.

Back the Hurricanes to Win by 1-12

Rebels Vs Reds

Friday 10 May, 7:45pm, AAMI Park

Rebels 30 – Reds 24

The Brad Thorn Project gets its biggest test of the season as they get a rematch with the Rebels.

A win could send the Reds to the top of the Australian Conference and you can give them every chance to do that given the Rebels struggles lately.

They have lost three in a row and haven’t looked anything like the high flying team from earlier in the season as their lack of depth gets found out.

Queensland has won two games in a row although if you want to be really critical, they should have put 50 on the Sunwolves last week.

Either way, this game looks a lot closer than the market has it right now so back the Reds as a value play.

Back the Reds to Win @ $3.50

Bulls Vs Crusaders

Saturday 11 May, 3:10am, Loftus Versfeld

Bulls 13 – Crusaders 45

Who knew the Crusaders could be held at home?

The Sharks shocked pretty much everyone by taking two points from AMI Stadium and now the Crusaders have to bounce back on a South African tour.

While this is likely to be the only time they have to travel here this tournament, they still would be well served to put down a marker against the side leading the South African Conference.

It says all you need to know about the Crusaders however that they are on the road against possibly the best South African team and still find themselves as clear favourites.

Last time they travelled to Loftus Versfeld, they put up 60 on the Bulls and while a 40 point win is rather unlikely, I do think they can win by double digits so I’ll back them at the line.

Back the Crusaders to Cover -8.5 @ $1.91

Highlanders Vs Jaguares

Saturday 11 May, 3:15pm, Forsyth Barr Stadium

Highlanders 32 – Jaguares 27

Because of Super Rugby’s quirky scheduling system this is just the second meeting between these two sides.

The Highlanders have to be incredibly disappointed with their draw last weekend, feeling as though they let the Chiefs off the hook.

With the New Zealand Conference probably out of reach, they can turn their attention to the Wild Card race and the Jaguares could be one of those sides they are in the mix with.

This kicks off the Argentine side’s Australasian tour and they are bringing some strong momentum with them on the back of four straight wins.

They made their run to the finals on the back of a strong tour and will look to do the same here.

That line seems too big so I’ll back the Jaguares to cover.

Back the Jaguares to Cover +10.5 @ $1.91

Chiefs Vs Sharks

Saturday 11 May, 5:35pm, FMG Stadium

Chiefs 29 – Sharks 23

Turns out the Sharks can travel, picking up a draw in Christchurch last weekend and would feel pretty hard done by considering they had the defending champions on the ropes for most of that game.

That is why it is so shocking to see them installed as underdogs for this game considering how well this tour is going for them.

Over the last eight years this fixture has favoured the home side but that doesn’t really take into account how bad the Chiefs have been this season.

Somehow they took a draw off the Highlanders last weekend and can still cause some trouble but the Sharks at that price are just too good to ignore.

Back the Sharks to Win @ $2.30

Lions Vs Waratahs

Saturday 11 May, 11:05pm, Ellis Park

Lions 29 – Waratahs 28

After back to back losses to the Sharks and Bulls, another South African side is the last thing the Waratahs would like to see.

They have lost four of their last five all up and now take on a Lions side they haven’t even played a close game against since 2015.

The Lions might see this game as a get right opportunity off their bye and returning home from a tough tour to Australia and New Zealand that only produced one win.

I’ll back the Lions to recover at home with a comfortable win here, they have covered the line in each of their last three home games against the Waratahs and this has the potential to get ugly if things click.

Back the Lions to Cover -7.5 @ $1.91

Brumbies Vs Sunwolves

Sunday 12 May, 4:05pm, GIO Stadium

Brumbies 33 – Sunwolves 0

Can the Sunwolves keep 15 players on the park for this match?

Discipline was a huge issue in Brisbane yet somehow they went down by just six.

The Brumbies on the other hand will either be looking to take top spot in the Australian Conference or catch up to the Rebels depending on their result.

I don’t have confidence in the Brumbies covering the spread but I also don’t know which Sunwolves side will turn up so I can’t rule it out, so I’m looking elsewhere here.

The Brumbies Halftime/Fulltime double almost came through last week so I’ll back it in again.

Back the Brumbies HT/FT Double


2018

The Jaguares have shown in recent weeks that the New Zealand-based Super Rugby franchises are not unbeatable, but it will still be a tough assignment for the Waratahs when they take on the Crusaders this weekend.

The Brumbies can get themselves back into the hunt in the Australian Conference if they beat the Rebels, while the clash between the Highlanders and the Lions is set to be one of the most intriguing of the weekend.

We have analysed every game set to take place this weekend and our 2018 Super Rugby Round 13 tips can be found below.

Blues Vs Hurricanes

Friday 11 May, 5:35pm, Eden Park

Blues 15 Hurricanes 36

Friday’s lone fixture is a New Zealand derby between the surging Hurricanes (no pun intended) and the struggling Blues.

It is now eight games in a row unbeaten for the Hurricanes after their win at home over the Lions thanks in large part to a defence that has allowed the fewest points and fewest tries in Super Rugby so far.

On the other hand, the Blues got a confidence boosting win over the Waratahs however they still have struggled against opponents inside their conference.

In their four losses this season they have lost by a combined total of 33 points however the Hurricanes represent a step up in class from those opponents.

Back the Hurricanes to Cover the Line (-9.5)

Sunwolves Vs Reds

Saturday 12 May, 1:05pm, Prince Chichibu Memorial Stadium

Sunwolves 63 – Reds 28

After their second bye of the season, the Reds set out to play the Sunwolves in Tokyo.

They are the only side in the Australia to beat a non-Conference team in their last five matches.

Their defeat of the Lions in their last game means that Brad Thorn’s side has already matched their win total from last season and go into this game as slight favourites.

The Sunwolves are 0-9 so far and have lost seven of those games by 10 or more points.

Queensland are certainly capable of winning this game however the Sunwolves are not a team that will lie down easily.

Back the Reds Half-Time/Full-Time @ $1.91

Crusaders Vs Waratahs

Saturday 12 May, 3:15pm, AMI Stadium

Crusaders 31 – Waratahs 29

After coming oh so close against the Blues, the Waratahs have the unenviable task of playing the competition leading Crusaders in Christchurch.

This will be the defending Champions third straight game against Australian opponents first winning a low scoring struggle against the Brumbies before blowing out the Rebels in Melbourne.

With Australia’s losing streak now at 37 games against New Zealand opponents ahead of this contest it is very likely to be extended to 38 in this match.

New South Wales does have the discipline to potentially keep them in touching distance for this game which does bring cause for concern with such a big line.

19.5 points is an awfully large head start to give any team however scoring has been an issue for the Waratahs in their last two games and I am going to take the action on the Crusaders but any more and I would have to have second thoughts.

Back the Crusaders to Cover the Line (-19.5)

Highlanders Vs Lions

Saturday 12 May, 5:35pm, Forsyth Barr Stadium

Highlanders 39 – Lions 27

The Lions four game road trip concludes with a visit to the Highlanders after back to back losses to the Reds and Hurricanes.

It will have been four weeks since the Highlanders played in front of their home fans, a place where they have amassed an impressive 4-0 record this season.

For those four games they have won by an average of just under 15 points however the Lions have the attacking flair to trouble them, especially after the Sharks put up a second half blitz.

This could easily turn into the game of the weekend with the potential for plenty of points on the cards but I am backing the Lions to keep it close and possibly spring an upset.

Back the Lions to Cover the Line (+7.5)

Brumbies Vs Rebels

Saturday 12 May, 7:45pm, GIO Stadium

Brumbies 24 – Rebels 27

An all-Australian derby on Saturday night and a chance for the Rebels to try and end their five game losing run.

The Brumbies come into this game fresh after a weekend off to stew on back to back home losses to the Jaguares and Crusaders.

While they have had their moments of expanse this season, the Brumbies attack has been by and large fairly stagnant, with points at a premium.

The Rebels have given up 89 points in their last two games while scoring just 28 but they do have the confidence of a 33-10 win over the Brumbies in early March.

I expect this line to move out closer to seven as the game gets closer but even so the Brumbies will have the experience to close out the game.

Back the Brumbies to Cover the Line (-4.5) @ $1.83

Stormers Vs Chiefs

Saturday 12 May, 11:05pm, DHL Newlands

Stormers 9 – Chiefs 15

The Chiefs have hit a bit of a speed bump losing two of their last three ahead of their South African trip.

On the other side the Stormers have won back to back games to lift themselves off the foot of the South African Conference.

All five of their wins this season have come at Newlands including their one meeting with a New Zealand team at home in March resulting in a 17 point victory.

The market has this as a toss up but I like the Chiefs to end the Stormers perfect home record.

Back the Chiefs to Win @ $1.91

Bulls Vs Sharks

Sunday 13 May, 1:15pm, Loftus Versfeld

Bulls 39 – Sharks 33

This is a very tough game to get a read on with the highly inconsistent Sharks visiting the slumping Bulls.

Many were shocked by the convincing nature of the Sharks’ win last weekend pulling away from a good Highlanders side so easily.

You never really know what sort of team will show up week on week with the Sharks and with such a tight market, I am happy to stay out of this one.

NO BET


2017

The Super Rugby season continues this weekend and we don’t have to wait long for the best game of the round.

The Chiefs and Crusaders are the top two teams in the New Zealand Conference and their clash in Fiji on Friday afternoon could be a genuine Grand Final Preview.

There are plenty of other games spread across the weekend and you can find our complete 2017 Super Rougby Round 13 tips below.

Chiefs Vs Crusaders

Friday 19 May, 5:35pm, ANZ National Stadium

The Crusaders confirmed their status as title favourites with their win over the Hurricanes and they will start this clash as favourites.

The Crusaders have now won 13 of their past 15 games as home favourites and they are an impressive 10-5 against the line in this scenario.

The Chiefs went into the bye on the back of a comfortable victory over the Reds and they have lost just the one game this season.

They have won three of their past five games as underdogs for a profit and their record against the Crusaders as underdogs is a positive one.

The Chiefs have won the past four games played between these two sides and they have definitely had the edge over their rivals in recent years.

This should be a thrilling encounter and it is the Chiefs that really do represent genuine value at their current price.

Back The Chiefs To Win @ $2.20

Stormers Vs Blues

Friday 20 May, 3:00pm, DHL Newlands

This is one of the most interesting games of the weekend and the market can’t split these two teams.

The Stormers made a very strong start to the season, but they have now lost four games on the trot and are yet to beat a New Zealand-based side this season.

Winning at home has not been an issue for the Stormers and they have won six of their past eight games in front of their home fans, but they are only 3-5 against the line in this scenario.

The Blues made it three wins on the trot with their win over the Cheetahs last weekend and they have shown this season that they are capable of winning away from home.

They are 6-2 against the line when on the road and in recent years they really have played superior Rugby to the Stormers.

The Stormers may have the home ground advantage, but it is the Blues that deserve to start this clash as favourites.

Back The Blues To Win @ $1.91

Hurricanes Vs Cheetahs

Saturday 20 May, 5:35pm, Westpac Stadium

The Hurricanes are the shortest-priced favourites in Super Rugby this weekend.

They lost no admirers with their defeat at the hands of the Crusaders last weekend and they really should be able to bounce back to winning form.

The Hurricanes have won their past nine games as home favourites and they are an impressive 6-3 against the line in this scenario.

It has been an eternity since the Cheetahs have found a game and they were no match for the Blues last weekend.

The Cheetahs have lost their past six games as away underdogs and they are a middling 3-3 against the line in this scenario.

The Hurricanes will be keen to return to their best in dominant fashion and they can cover the big line against the Cheetahs.

Back The Hurricanes To Beat The Line (-26.5 Points)

Western Force Vs Highlanders

Saturday 20 May, 7:45pm, NIB Stadium

The Force will have the chance to become the first Australian team to beat a New Zealand-based outfit in the Super Rugby this season.

It should come as no surprise that it is the Highlanders that will start this clash as clear favourites and they have won seven games on the trot.

The Highlanders have won six of their past seven games as away favourites and they are 4-3 against the line in this scenario.

The Force showed plenty of defensive toughness to beat the Jaguares in Argentina this weekend and they have been a courageous outfit this season.

They have won only one of their past five games as home underdogs, but they are 3-2 against the line in this situation.

This is a game that the market looks to have got just about right and I am keen to stay out from a betting perspective.

No Bet

Sunwolves Vs Sharks

Saturday 20 May, 9:55pm, Singapore National Stadium

The Sharks suffered a surprise loss at the hands of the Kings last weekend, but they will still go into this clash with the Sunwolves as clear favourites.

It is fair to say that the Sharks have been inconsistent in recent weeks and they have been a tough side to trust from a betting perspective.

The Sharks are 1-1 as away favourites so far this season and they are 5-5 against the line as the punter’s elect.

The Sunwolves went into the bye on the back of a narrow defeat at the hands of the Jaguares and they have been far from disgraced in recent weeks.

They have won one of their past four games as home underdogs and they are 2-2 against the line in this scenario.

Both these teams are tough to trust from a betting standpoint and this is another game that I am happy to stay out of.

No Bet

Lions Vs Bulls

Sunday 21 May, 1:15am, Emirates Airline Park

The Lions returned from Australia with three wins and they will go into this meeting with the Bulls as dominant favourites.

The Lions have played some excellent rugby so far this season and they have been particularly good in front of their home fans – they have won their past eight games as home favourites and they are 5-3 against the line in this scenario.

The Bulls head into this clash on the back of a pair of defeats and they face another tough challenge this weekend.

They have lost their past four games as away underdogs and they are a poor 1-3 against the line.

The Lions have won three of their past four meetings with the Bulls and they should be able to improve that record this weekend.

Back The Lions To Beat The Line (-14.5 Points)

Kings Vs Brumbies

Sunday 21 May, 3:30am, Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium

The Kings have won three games on the trot, but it is the Brumbies that will still start this clash as favourites.

The Kings have been excellent in recent weeks and they have been one of the best betting sides in all of Super Rugby this season.

They have won three of their past seven games as home underdogs for a clear profit and they are 4-1-2 against the line in this scenario.

The Brumbies sunk to their fourth straight loss when they went down to the Lions last weekend, but they sadly still remain on top of the Australian Conference.

They have lost their past two games as away favourites and they have been a losing betting play across just about every metric.

There is no way that the Brumbies should start this clash as favourites and the Kings are the best betting value play in Super Rugby this weekend.

Back The Kings To Win @ $2.35

Waratahs Vs Rebels

Sunday 21 May, 4:05pm, Allianz Stadium

This is a crucial game for both sides as the winner has the chance to close the gap on the Brumbies on top of the Australian Conference.

The Waratahs have lost four of their past five games and they have been a very tough team to trust from a betting standpoint this season.

They have won only one of their past four games as home favourites and they have failed to cover the line in their past four games in this situation.

The Rebels suffered their third straight loss when they went down to the Reds last weekend and their future really does hang in the balance.

The struggling franchise has also been tough to trust betting wise so far this season.

They have won one of their five games as away underdogs for a profit, but they are only 2-3 against the line in this situation.

You can’t trust either of these sides and I am more than happy to stay out.

No Bet


2016

Another week of Super Rugby and there is another Friday afternoon blockbuster, with the Crusaders set to host the Waratahs in what will be a very exciting fixture.

The Reds and Sunwolves will play for the first time in a rare Saturday afternoon fixture at Suncorp Stadium before the Lions and the Jaguares also meet for the first time.

The round concludes in the early hours of Sunday morning when the Bulls and Stormers face off at Loftus Versfeld.

Crusaders Vs Waratahs

Friday 20 May, 5:35pm, AMI Stadium

Crusaders 29 - Waratahs 10

The Crusaders have an outstanding record against the Waratahs and won 16 of the 19 Super Rugby games played between the two sides.

The Crusaders had their winning run snapped against the Highlanders last weekend, while the Waratahs are one of the form teams of the competition after recording a dominant victory over the Bulls last weekend.

The Waratahs will still go into this game as underdogs and they have been a winning betting proposition as underdogs this season, but they have a very poor record against the Crusaders in this scenario.

The Crusaders have lost just one of their past eight games as favourites and they have a strong record against the line when giving away a start, but the line of 9.5 points for this fixture does seem a tad excessive.

This should be a an exciting game of rugby, but it is not one that I am interested in getting involved in from a betting perspective.

Recommended Bet: No Bet

Reds Vs Sunwolves

Saturday 21 May, 3:05pm, Suncorp Stadium

Reds 35 - Sunwolves 25

This will be the first ever meeting between the Reds and the Sunwolves.

The Sunwolves will go into this game with plenty of confidence after they produced arguably their best performance to date when they drew against the Stormers last weekend, but they still face a tough challenge against a Reds side that generally produces their best football in front of their home fans at Suncorp Stadium.

In saying that, the Reds have lost two of their past three games as home favourites and really can’t be trusted from a betting perspective.

The Sunwolves have really struggled on the road during this season to date and they have beaten the line in only one of their three games as away underdogs, so I am not particularly keen to back them either.

This is another game that I am willing to stay out of from a betting perspective.

Recommended Bet: No Bet

Chiefs Vs Rebels

Saturday 21 May, 5:35pm, FMG Stadium

Chiefs 36 - Rebels 15

The Chiefs went into their bye week on the back of a loss to the Highlanders, but they have an excellent chance to return to winning form against the Rebels.

The Rebels were not disgraced against the Brumbies, but they still lack that killer instinct required to beat the very best teams in Super Rugby and unless they are able to change that they won’t qualify for the Super Rugby Finals.

The Chiefs will start this game as clear favourites and this is a position in which they have been fairly unreliable proposition – they have won just four of their past seven games as home favourites and they are 2-5 against the line in this scenario.

The Rebels have won just two of their past nine games as underdogs, but they are 4-2 against the line as away underdogs in the past 12 months and they are capable of keeping this margin to less than two converted tries.

Recommended Bet: Back The Rebels To Beat The Line (+14.5 Points)

Force Vs Blues

Saturday 21 May, 7:45pm, NIB Stadium

Force 13 - Blues 17

The Force finally returned to winning form when they beat the Sunwolves before they had a week off, while the Blues come into this game on the back of a heavy loss at the hands of the Blues.

Despite that defeat, the Blues will still start this game as favourites and their record in this situation leaves plenty to be desired.

The Blues have not beaten the line in any of their past six matches as favourites and they have been a losing betting proposition in every scenario as the punter’s elect.

The problem for punters is that the Force have been just as poor from a betting standpoint.

They have lost their past six games as home underdogs and their record against the line in this scenario is a very poor 1-5.

The Blues have let punters down for the last several seasons, but there is little doubt that they are a better side than the Blues and the line of five and a half points does not look like it will be enough.

Recommended Bet: Back The Blues To Beat The Line (-5.5 Points)

Lions Vs Jaguares

Saturday 21 May, 11:00pm, Emirates Airline Park

Lions 52 - Jaguares 24

This will be the first ever meeting between the Lions and the Jaguares.

The Lions are on track for their best ever Super Rugby finish after they recorded a dominant victory over the Blues last weekend and they are set to start this match as very short-priced favourites.

The Lions remain undefeated in games in which they have started as favourites in the past 12 months and they are a simply outstanding 5-1 against the line in that scenario.

The Jaguares suffered another loss to the Sharks last weekend and betting against them continues to be a very profitable play.

They are yet to win a game as underdogs and they are 1-3 against the line when being given a start.

The Lions are a very safe bet this weekend and should prove far too strong for the struggling Jaguares.

Recommended Bet: Back The Lions To Beat The Line (-10.5 Points)

Sharks Vs Kings

Sunday 22 May, 1:10am, Growthpoint Kings Park

Sharks 53 - Kings 0

The Sharks are easily the shortest-priced favourites of the weekend and are giving up a huge point start against the line.

The Sharks have found a semblance of their best form in the past month and they go into this game on the back of tough victories over both the Hurricanes and the Jaguares

The Natal-based side have still been a fairly unreliable betting proposition this season and they are 3-2 as home favourites in head-to-head betting as well as 2-3 against the line.

The Kings never looked like winning, but they beat the line for the second week in a row against the Cheetahs and they showed a little bit of toughness in defense.

They are yet to win a game as underdogs, but their record as away underdogs is a profitable 3-1 and they are receiving a huge start at the line.

Recommended Bet: Back The Kings To Beat The Line (+30.5 Points)

Bulls Vs Stormers

Sunday 22 May, 3:20am, Loftus Versfeld

Bulls 17 - Stormers 13

The rivalry between the Bulls and the Stormers is one of the most intense in Super Rugby.

The Stormers flogged the Bulls when they met earlier this season, but they go into this game on the back of a very poor performance against the Sunwolves.

The Bulls really aren’t in much better form and they showed little resistance against both the Brumbies and Waratahs during their Australian tour.

The market can’t separate these two teams, but the home ground advantage means that we have to give a narrow edge to the Bulls.

They have lost just one of their past five games at Loftus Versfeld, while the Stormers have been a losing proposition away from home in the past 12 months.

Recommended Bet: Back The Bulls To Win @ $1.91